Charley M. Wu


I'm a PhD student at the Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. I am funded by the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Adapting Behavior in a Fundamentally Uncertain World. My main research is on the problem of people learn under uncertainty. Real-world environments are shaped by uncertainty, making optimal solutions impossible and leading to very different dynamics than those studied under the lens of risk (i.e., when the probabilities of all outcomes are known). My work has so far focused on three main branches of learning: efficient exploration guided by generalization, learning by asking useful questions, and social learning in the context of different information sharing dynamics.

You can download my CV here.

Research Interests

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Before starting my PhD in 2016, I completed an M.Sc. in Cognitive Science at the University of Vienna, where I was affiliated with the Austrian Institute for Articial Intelligence (OFAI). Prior to that, I was trained in Philosphy at the University of British Columbia. Currently, I identify as a Cognitive Scientist, but dabble in Computational Neuroscience, Machine Learning, and Computational Biology.

In Fall 2019, I will be a starting a postdoc at Harvard University working with Sam Gershman and Fiery Cushman


Email : charleymswu[at]gmail[dot]com[de]

Charley M. Wu
Center for Adaptive Rationality (ARC) Max Planck Institute for Human Development Lentzeallee 94 14195 Berlin, DE